I’m one of those people who starts celebrating the holidays the moment the last trick-or-treater leaves our doorstep. If you’re thinking bah humbug thoughts about anyone wanting to celebrate Christmas before Thanksgiving arrives, no worries. I’m just as excited to keep Thanksgiving as I am to keep Christmas.
I Love Thanksgiving…
Some of my favorite memories of Thanksgiving are spending the day at my grandparents’ house. I loved every moment of those holidays—the smell of roasted turkey that greeted you at the door, the bowls of fruit and nuts and candy scattered through the house, the apple cider kept cold by leaving it on the front porch (and as I got older, the beer and wine), sneaking into the kitchen to snitch a bit of stuffing before dinner hit the table.
Their home was small, but I never noticed. We always seemed to find room for one more. We often had twenty or more people scrunched together around the Thanksgiving table. I can still hear my grandfather leading the Thanksgiving prayer, the laughter and snorts that rang out as dishes were passed, and the groans that came as pants were unsnapped as we all reached for seconds and thirds and still somewhere found room for pie.
I think for me, the way my grandmother treated Thanksgiving was the model for how to live life—surround yourself with friends and family, take the time to enjoy every second, always make room for one more (whether it's people or slices of pie), and remember to take a moment to give thanks.
But Sometimes We Need a Little Christmas...
I might hold tight to all the traditions of Thanksgiving, but that doesn’t mean I don’t start thinking about Christmas come November first. I count my blessings while I start my Christmas shopping. I peruse cookbooks for new pumpkin dessert recipes with Christmas carols playing in the background. And Hallmark Channel Christmas romances are a must starting the day after Halloween.
I can’t help it. There’s something magical about Christmas. And I’m ready to invite that magic in pretty much all the time.
How about you? Are you ready for Christmas all through the year like me? Do you feel like sticking your fingers in your ears, closing your eyes, and chanting lalalala as you pass stores decked out for Christmas before Thanksgiving? When does the holiday season start for you?